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The unified theory of why we like Stranger Things so much, according to Finn Wolfhard

“All about friendship”: Finn Wolfhard muses on the appeal of Stranger Things.

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Stranger Things is one of the most successful shows ever streamed on Netflix. The horror adventure series has been nominated for 57 Primetime Emmy Awards (winning 12 of them) and received high marks by critics around the globe. It’s clear that people love Stranger Things.

But why do they love it?

Is it the emotional coming of age story? Do audiences gravitate to the horror elements? Or maybe it’s the science fiction influences? Stranger Things cast member Finn Wolfhard has his own theory.

During a Stranger Things cast panel at Megacon 2024, the actor spoke about the relationship the series has with its audience. “I think the whole show is all about friendship. It’s all centered around love and friendship and all these things. Having a collective passion for things, and nerdy things. I think a lot of people see themselves in it because it reminds them of their childhood, and their friend group, and stuff that they’re into. The overall acceptance of each other is really nice. I think it’s a lot of weird different things that draw people to it.”

In other words, Stranger Things is personal to so many people, because it speaks to those parts of their own lives. That’s why audiences were so invested in getting ‘Justice for Barb,’ and spent hours speculating on the personal lives of their favorite characters.

The fifth and final season of Stranger Things is currently in production. Saying goodbye will be hard, because as Wolfhard pointed out, the show has such a strong and personal connection to our lives. The finale is going to be heart wrenching, but I can’t wait to see how they pull it off.


Netflix's Stranger Things is heading into its grand finale - of the main show that is. While you wait, make sure you've watched all of the franchise (including the spinoffs in books and comics) with our Stranger Things guide, know who the Stranger Things season 5 cast, and what Dustin actor Gaten Matarazzo things would make the show better (more deaths). .

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Joshua is a pop culture writer specializing in comic book media. His work has appeared on the official DC Comics website, the DC Universe subscription service, HBO Max promotional videos, the Batman Universe fansite, and more. In between traveling around the country to cover various comic conventions, Joshua resides in Florida where he binges superhero television and reads obscure comics from yesteryear.
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